Whatsapp pulls the plug on Windows Phone and BlackBerry

Posted 27 December 2017 16:07 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Whatsapp will no longer be supported on Windows Phone 8.0 and BlackBerry from 31st of December this year. From that day on, it’s no longer possible to run the app on phones powered by these operating systems, Whatsapp today announced on its website.

The affected operating systems are BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0. According to Whatsapp the operating systems, “don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.”

Whatsapp will no longer run on the operating systems after the 31st of December this year. Support for BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 was scheduled to stop by the end of last year but supported for the operating systems was extended several times. Windows Phone 8.0 users are advised to upgrade to Windows Phone 8.1 or later.

 

Next year, on the 31st of December, also support for Nokia S40 ends. From the 1st of February 2020, Whatsapp will also no longer function on Android 2.3.7 or older.

The number of Windows Phone and BlackBerry users has heavily decreased over time. BlackBerry currently holds a market share of 0.2% according to StatCounter, which doesn’t even report the market share of Windows Phone anymore. At its top, around 2010-2011, BlackBerry was running on about 20% of all mobile phones, while Windows Phone never crossed the 3% mark.

Android currently dominates the mobile OS market with 73%, iOS is second with 20%.


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